The Rajasthan high court on Thursday ordered sealing of the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) office till March 30 on a plea challenging the no-trust vote which led to the ouster of its chief Lalit Modi.
Along with Modi, RCA deputy president Mahmood Abdi, secretary Sumendra Tiwari and treasurer Pawan Goyal were also removed from the association during the March 9 extraordinary general meeting. The same day, Abdi moved high court against the voting alleging a foul play on part of the rival faction during the voting, which the court took cognizance of and ordered sealing of the office on Thursday. Subsequently, the RCA office in the north block of the SMS Stadium was sealed in the evening.
Issuing the sealing order, justice Bela M Trivedi also directed sports secretary and Rajasthan state sports council (RSSC) chairman JC Mohanti, who had presided the no-trust vote, to be personally present in the court on March 30 and submit the factual report.
Association vice president Amin Pathan, who became the president after Modi’s ouster, said that he had faith in the judiciary.
He said, “Our aim was to remove Lalit Modi from the RCA and we did. His faction has misinformed the court that we indulged in violence on the day the no-confidence motion was moved against him. Let Mohanti submit his report.”
Abdi, on the other hand, said that after hearing the matter, court remarked that what was going on in the RCA was shameful. Soon after his ouster, Modi launched a social media attack on Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje alleging that his exit from the association had been carried out through “unfair polling ” “under her watch”.
Notices have also been issued to all respondents, including the director general of police (DGP) Manoj Bhatt, Jaipur police commissioner Janga Srinivas Rao.